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1998 chevy S10 zr2 4x4

Truck rides great down the road just has some play in steering any ideas idler arm pitman arm

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In the center of the gear box there is an adjustment screw to tighten or loosen the steering. It is usually and Allen key bolt/screw with a locking nut on it. Loosen the nut and adjust the center screw/bolt. I believe adjusting the screw clockwise is to tighten but I am not positive.

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